Santino Fontana exits ‘Bridge’

Understudy will replace injured actor

Morgan Spector has permanently replaced actor Santino Fontana in the Broadway revival of “A View from the Bridge.”

Fontana, the thesp who won good notices for his perf in the short-lived revival of “Brighton Beach Memoirs” this fall, took what was initially considered a temporary break from “View” after sustaining a concussion during an onstage fight last week. Spector, his understudy, has been playing the part since Jan. 7, stepping into a cast toplined by Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson.

Those involved in the production had said the timeline for Fontana’s return would depend on the recommendations of doctors. In a statement Fontana said he decided to exit the show permanently because he learned he would not be able to return to performances until after the show opened Jan. 24.

Spector, making his Broadway debut, steps into an important role in the 1955 Arthur Miller play. He plays Rodolpho, whose romance with Catherine (Johansson) stirs jealousy in Catherine’s uncle (Schreiber).

No changes to the sked of the show, which began previews Dec. 28, have been made, with the production still set to open Jan. 24.

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